Orbital golfing is the most expensive game in sports, using the most expensive balls, but promising the longest drives: at least 2-3 days to land. (Didn't one of the Apollo astronauts wacked a golfball on the moon?) Still, the upcoming ISS orbital wack is a far better return on taxpayers' money than the military wacking in the fields of Afghan and Iraq.
Up first on the spacewalk schedule is a one-handed golf-shot by Tyurin. The Russian cosmonaut will hit between one to three golf balls away from the space station. The shots are part of a publicity stunt to promote a new line of golf clubs by Element 21, a Canadian Golf club manufacturer. The balls are extremely lightweight, weighing only 1 gram each.
"To put this in perspective, if you took a one dollar bill out of your pocket, it weighs one gram," said leading spacewalk flight director Holly Ridings.
A standard issue golf ball weighs about 45 grams.
NASA officials said they estimate the golf balls will deorbit safely in two to three days, depending on atmospheric conditions.
"It poses absolutely no concern for the upcoming shuttle launch," Riding said.http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/061116_golf_eva.html